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Inspiring Cantilevered Architecture

Inspiring Cantilevered Architecture

Truly inspired by our Manhattan Loft Gardens tower, we have been thinking about cantilevered architecture – the most complex and expensive aspect of the design of the MLG tower.

In doing so we have seen various other examples of stunning cantilevered architecture around the world.

This wine museum in Switzerland projects horizontally from the edge of a mountain slope, hanging over a World Heritage Site:

Moving to an urban context, the linear horizontal form of the wine museum reminds us a little of the this house by Denton Corker Marshall ( and also MVRDV’s Balancing Barn (by Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture), which uses the natural slope of the landscape to balance its elegant silver form (

Our close collaborator David Adjaye’s Moscow School of Management features a striking statement building of four cantilevered rectangles balanced over a circular base ( ).
We also liked this delicate and subtle intervention above the Tyrol glacier ( ) but were aghast at this ambitious bulky structure hanging in the air above a glacial valley – seems to invade a beautiful natural environment rather than enhance it or allow subtle human enjoyment of an untouched natural world ( ).

From the natural world of a glacier to the urban world of our Manhattan Loft Gardens, cantilevered structures can truly amaze. But in our view they should be designed to better serve the function – at Manhattan Loft Gardens the cantilevers create outdoor space and fresh air in the heart of London – rather than blighting the natural environment for the sake of architectural prowess.